Split ends, medically called as trichoptilosis is a problem in the hair when the protective layer of the hairs called cuticle strips away from the tip of the hair fibres. This exposes the inner layers of the hair and causes damage to it. Split ends make the hair lose its shine and bounce and also look ugly and dry.
This problem is very common in women especially when the hair is too brittle and dry. Various factors causing split ends are dryness and shortage of nutrition, colouring and excessive back combing or brushing, treating high temperatures and harmful chemicals. Home remedies can efficiently help in getting rid of split ends but you need to have patience.
Home Remedies For Split Ends
One of the most effective remedies for split ends is massaging the hair and scalp with warm oil for 15-20 minutes. Oiling of the hair not only helps to get rid of split ends but also helps in keeping the hair hydrated and nourished. Oil massage for split ends should be done on regular basis. Olive oil is found to be most useful in treating split ends.
Warm oil should be gently massaged on the hair and scalp and allow it to stay for about an hour till the oil cools down. Then rinse the hair with preferably cold water as warm water takes away moisture from the hair. Other oils like coconut oil, castor oil and sweet almond oil also helps to deal with split ends. Mustard oil mixed with equal amount of castor and olive oil removes split ends.
Nobody would believe that mayonnaise which is used in cooking delicious food can also be used in treating split ends. Mayonnaise also helps to add strength to the hair and bring back the lost shine. It is easily available at everybody’s home. Apply the mayonnaise on the hair till the hair is completely covered with it. Allow it to stay on for about an hour and then rinse off with a mild shampoo. This should be done twice a week to see the results.
Egg is a useful conditioner for hair. It can be mixed with various products available at home to get rid of split ends. Beat an egg yolk with a spoon of olive oil or almond oil and a spoon of honey and massage on the hair and scalp. Let it dry for about an hour and then rinse off with cold water.
An egg yolk beaten with a little water and applied on damp hair also helps to remove split ends. Beaten eggs can be mixed with ripe banana and orange juice and applied at the tip of the hair. This also helps to treat split ends and nourish the hair. Any of the above therapies should be done twice a week.
Add the pulp of ripe papaya in yogurt and mix well. Apply this mixture in large amounts on the hair and scalp. Let it dry for half an hour and wash off with warm water. Doing this regularly helps to get rid of split ends from the hair.